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First Name: John

Last Name: Cabana


Gender: Male

Branch: Air Force (1947 - present)

Middle Name: Bishop

Date of Birth: 22 September 1939

Date of Death: 29 March 1967

Rank: Captain

Years Served:
John Bishop Cabana, Jr.

•  Vietnam War (1960 - 1973)


John Bishop Cabana, Jr.

Captain, U.S. Air Force

John Bishop Cabana, Jr. was born on 22 September 1939.

On 29 March 1967 Captain John Bishop Cabana, Jr. was serving with A Company, 4th Air Commando Squadron, 14th Air Commando Wing, 7th Air Force, in Quang Nam Province, South Vietnam.

On the night of 28/29 March 1967, a 'Puff the Magic Dragon' gunship (AC-47D tail number 44-76534) of the 4th Air Commando Squadron detachment at Danang was dispatched to help defend an outpost near Hoi An, about 10 miles south of Danang. Captain Cabana was one of seven crewmembers.

The aircraft arrived over target and established its orbit, but was hit by intense automatic weapons fire and crashed a few miles from Hoi An. All seven crewmen died in the crash.

Badge and Medals

Air Force Navigator Observer Badge
Purple Heart
Air Medal
National Defense Service Medal
Vietnam Service Medal
Vietnam Gallantry Cross Medal
Vietnam Campaign Medal


The name John B Cabana Jr is inscribed on Panel 17E Line 66 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall.


Captain John Bishop Cabana, Jr. is buried at Calvary Cemetery in Portsmouth, NH.


Honoree ID: 3597   Created by: MHOH




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